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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Le Lush Life

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater (photo: Philippe Pierangeli)
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Considering that Dee Dee Bridgewater has collected a couple of Grammys and holds down a high-profile gig hosting the popular NPR show JazzSet, she is about as visible as possible for a jazz singer in the United States. But in France, where Bridgewater lived from the mid-1980s to 1999, she was a bona fide celebrity–she even had her own prime-time television show.

Her new CD, J’ai Deux Amours (Sovereign Artists), with its gorgeously textured arrangements of French-chanson classics such as “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” “La Belle Vie” and “Mon Homme,” makes perfect sense for Bridgewater. It’s another step on her journey away from well-worn jazz and American Songbook standards, and it’s a loving tribute to France.

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